"I knew it was something serious"
It was heard that an NHS worker killed herself and her two-year-old daughter with drugs she had taken from work.
Shiwangi Bagaon, aged 25, and Ziana Bagaon were found dead at their home in Old Meadow Lane, Hounslow, on December 14, 2020.
The toddler’s grandmother Jassumati Lalu found the pair with cannulas in their arms in Shiwangi’s bedroom shortly after 4 pm that day.
Cannulas are medical tubes used to administer medication into veins.
Police and paramedics rushed to the fourth-floor flat but the pair were pronounced dead. Detectives have since launched an investigation, however, it is believed that no one else was involved.
DCI Helen Rance said: “This is a tragic incident. We are extremely saddened by the deaths of Shiwangi, a young mother and her daughter.
“Our deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues at this difficult and upsetting time.
“Officers are currently investigating the circumstances around their deaths, and enquiries continue.”
The Met Police said in a statement: “The woman and the girl were related to each other.
“Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
“An investigation is underway led by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Homicide).
“While the investigation is still in its early stages, officers do not currently believe anyone else was involved in this incident.”
Vipul Limbachia, the owner of a nearby dry cleaner, said:
“There were about 15 vehicles parked outside the block of flats, ambulances, first responders, police vans and squad cars.
“I knew it was something serious but I only found out this morning it was a mother apparently killing her daughter and then herself.
“The flats are new, they’ve only been opened about 18 months to a year. Nearly all the flats are rental with a few that are shared ownership.
“Quite a few of the people who live there work for the NHS.”
At West London Coroner’s Court on December 21, 2020, it was stated that Shiwangi injected herself and her daughter. Coroner Lydia Brown said:
“Although we do not have full post mortem confirmation yet, the precise medical cause of death has not yet been ascertained, it appears that both the child and the mother had been injected with drugs potentially taken from the mother’s place of work.
“There was a cannula in situ in both arms of the two deceased.”
Shiwangi worked as an anaesthetist’s assistant for University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust had described the NHS worker as a “highly valued member of our team” who will be “missed by her colleagues”.
After the discovery of the two bodies, Shiwangi’s friend told The Daily Mail:
“I only saw her last week and she seemed fine. Shiwangi lived with her mother and her daughter. She didn’t have a partner as far as I’m aware.
“She doted on little Zia. She was a lovely lady, a good friend of mine and I’m just devastated. I cannot believe she would hurt Zia nor take her own life.”
The inquests have been adjourned until a date yet to be established.